Furniture hardware is like jewelry. It is the last thing you put on after you’ve spent hours getting ready and it can enhance the style of your outfit or make a statement on its own. Furniture hardware can also escalate in price quickly, like jewelry. I know I’ve fallen in love with particular knobs only to be crushed when I discovered the price. Sometimes the price of hardware can exceed what you’ve paid for the furniture piece itself!
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Thankfully, like most home décor, you can find some brilliant DIY furniture hardware ideas online. We’ve gathered together 11 of the coolest hardware ideas we’ve come across to inspire you to up your hardware game on your next furniture project.
But before we get to all those fabulous ideas, we’d be remiss not to give one caution. Furniture hardware has to be functional! We’ve all had the experience where you reach for a knob or pull and it’s loose or wobbly, or even worse it breaks off in your hand (you can read about the trouble we had with a some vintage hardware I was determined to save here). So if you decide to try out some of these fantastic ideas, and I know we will be, just make sure you take the time and use the right products to ensure strong and solid construction. With that in mind, let’s get to all those creative furniture hardware ideas!
1. Tree branch pulls
Rustic home decor is hot right now. Everywhere you look you can see nature inspired design ideas. Around these parts, Canadiana themed items are super popular. What better way to complement an outdoorsy design than by using tree branches to make drawer handles? Addicted 2 Decorating has a great tutorial on how to do just that which you can read about here.
2. Rope knobs and pulls
Using rope for knobs and pulls is the perfect way to complement a nautical, coastal or beachy theme. Check out these rope pulls from CK and Nate. What we particularly love about this idea is the nuts that secure the rope to the drawer. We’ve seen rope pulls before that are just tied through the drawer holes but the nuts on the end give it a much more clean and structured look.
3. Dock cleats
Another idea that works really well for a nautical or coastal look are dock cleats. Not much prep is required, just buy the cleats and install them on your furniture. The Happy Housie combined both cleats and rope for a nautical look on some Ikea dressers.
Leather can also make a fantastic drawer knob/pull. We particularly love the look for desk drawers or where you want a piece of furniture to look handsome and worldly. These leather drawer pulls from Love and Renovation are really neat. If you find the leather dying they used to be a bit too much DIY, just buy leather in the color you want already and take it from there.
5. Spray Paint
The easiest way to transform furniture hardware is to just paint it! There are so many different spray paints on the market these days that the looks you can create are almost endless. We show you how to get the best results painting your hardware here.
6. Rub n buff
If you want to give hardware a metallic look, Rub n Buff is another paint product you can try. As the name suggests, you rub it on and voila. It’s even easier than the hardware spray paint method discussed above, but it is limited in color options. Jennifer Allwood from The Magic Brush has a great review here.
7. Free form on an existing knob
If you want a modern, designer look, you can create your own shape over an existing knob using clay. This brilliant idea from Amy at Delineate Your Dwelling is so easy and the finished product rivals high end designer knobs we’ve seen sell for lots and lots of money.
8. Clay – shape as anything
If you have a specific shape in mind for knobs but you can’t find them or they are prohibitively expensive, you can shape your own using clay. Kim from Inspiration Made Simple shaped these sweet whale knobs for her daughter’s book shelf. This method involves attaching the clay to screws to attach to the furniture, which does make it a little more labour intensive than the free form idea above. But Kim guides you through the process here.
9. Small items like plastic toys
If you don’t want to shape clay, just find some small items and turn them into knobs and pulls with a little DIY. Ashley Poskin at Apartment Therapy shows you how to do this here. We just love those shiny dinosaurs which certainly make unexpected and eye-catching desk drawer knobs.
10. Printed patterns
If you lust after beautiful painted ceramic knobs, you can create them yourself at home with very few tools. Ananda from A Piece of Rainbow shows you just how to do this with cheap wooden knobs and Mod Podge. These look just like those expensive knobs from Anthropologie!
11. Fun with a sharpie
This is probably the easiest DIY hardware idea of them all! Buy some inexpensive porcelain or ceramic knobs like these and have at it with a Sharpie. Jackie from School of Decorating made these knobs look just like malachite! Such a great idea.
We hope the next time you need new knobs or pulls for your furniture and you’re on a tight budget, you give one of these great ideas a try. Even if your budget isn’t so tight, these creative ideas are so unique you can use them to add personality and character to your next furniture makeover. We’re inspired to give one of these ideas a try on our next project! Do you have any ideas for unique DIY hardware for furniture? We’d love for you to share them below in the comments.